Today, E. Guigal, released its famous 2019 ‘LaLas’ on to the market. The wines are being offered by the international trade for £3,200 per 12×75.
The ‘LaLas’ refers to the three vineyards from the Côte Rôtie estate – La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque (although Decanter reported that a fourth, La Reynard, would be launched with the 2022 vintage).
Although the wines trade separately on Liv-ex, cases are often tied to one another when offered by the trade.
E. Guigal La Landonne 2019 was awarded a barrel range of 98-100 by Joe Czerwinsky (Wine Advocate). In his tasting note, he said that it ‘represents the essence of this fabled lieu-dit’ and ‘should be flirting with perfection when it is released in a couple of years’.
Jeb Dunnuck also gave the wine a barrel range of 98-100 points. His tasting note was full of praise. He noted that it was ‘a wine with perfection written all over it, it’s one of the most impressive barrel samples to ever pass this critic’s lips’.
Dunnuck added ‘this is pure brilliance in Syrah, yet as with just about every vintage here, it will require a solid decade of bottle age.’.
Czerwinsky also awarded La Turque a score of 98-100. He called it ‘extroverted’ and commented that it is ‘as impressive a young wine as I’ve tasted at Guigal’. ‘An outrageous juxtaposition of characters that must be tasted to be understood.’
Again, the critics were aligned with their scores. Jeb Dunnuck also scored La Turque 98-100 points and added that he was ‘blown away by the 2019 Côte Rôtie La Turque’. He continued that ‘it’s another serious 2019 with structure to spare’.
The Mouline was awarded a slightly lower range of 94-96 points by Czerwinsky. He noted that ‘while just as aromatic and charming on the nose […] the 2019 Cote Rotie La Mouline isn’t quite as impressive on the palate’.
Meanwhile, Jeb Dunnuck still saw the potential for perfection. He awarded it a barrel range of 97-100 points, adding that ‘the 2019 Côte Rôtie La Mouline is a bigger, richer Côte Rôtie’.
For followers of Jeb Dunnuck who see potential perfection in all three wines, today’s release might be an interesting offer.
The 2009 and 2010 vintages all received 100-points from the critic (when he was reviewing for the Wine Advocate) and are available between 40% and 71% more than today’s release.
For those looking for other options, the 2012 La Landonne was also awarded 100 points from Jeb Dunnuck (again, when reviewing for the Wine Advocate) and is available for a small premium to today’s release.
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